Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA, PS
1015 Dupont Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel: (360) 671-6961
Fax: (360) 671-1482
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Professional Tax Return Preparation

Today's tax laws are so complicated that unless your financial affairs are extremely simple, chances are you will benefit from at least occasional help from a tax professional. It is too easy to overlook deductions and credits to which you are entitled if you prepare only one return a year. Even the use of computer software is no substitute for the assistance of a seasoned tax preparer.

We prepare hundreds of tax returns every year for individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, trusts, and estates. We know what to look for when your return is prepared. More importantly, you have someone to ask questions of during the rest of the year.

In addition, we also provide tax planning and U.S. tax filing services for Canadian residents owning real estate in, or contemplating moving to, the United States.

Your Tax-Cutting Checklist

Whether you’re a wage earner, an investor, a business owner, or all three, you should use the tax-cutting benefits available in the tax law. There is little to be gained by paying more tax than the law demands.

Identify the tax-savers for which you qualify. Here’s a tax-cutting checklist to get you started. Review the list to see if there are tax breaks you are overlooking.

For Individuals:
Roth IRA
Rollover to Roth IRA
Tax-deductible Traditional IRA
Child tax credit
Income shifting to children
Child care credit
Earned income credit
Lifetime gifts
Education Savings Accounts
Education IRAs
American opportunity tax credit
Lifetime learning credit

Bunching deductions

Flexible spending accounts
Health savings account
Donating appreciated assets instead of cash
Qualifying property for personal residence gain exclusion
Best filing status
Shifting income or deductions from year to year

Adoption expense credit

Retirement savings contributions credit

For Investors:
Tax-free municipal bonds
Long-term capital gains
Rental property
Tax-free exchange
Low-income housing credit
For Businesses:
Home office deduction

SEP (Simplified Employee Pension)

401(k) plan
First year expensing of business equipment
Bonus depreciation
Year-end bonuses
Bad debt write-off
Disabled access credit

Other business tax credits

Contact our office if you have questions or want more information on these and other strategies that could reduce your taxes.


Vaughn S. Hagen, CPA, PS
1015 Dupont Street • Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel: (360) 671-6961
Fax: (360) 671-1482